How To Wear Leggings... If You're Over 40

7 years ago

The leggings trend is not going away. Year after year magazines and style blogs feature hundreds of great looks featuring all kinds of leggings. But, what if you aren't a twenty-something? And what if you weigh more than a hundred pounds? Can leggings look good on all kinds of women?

You tell me.


One of the keys to wearing leggings is proportion. Try them with boots and a big sweater. If you are long waisted/above 5'3", try belting the sweater. Don't feel comfortable about your thighs? Try a longer sweater or a tee shirt topped with a cardigan.


Tunics are another great look over leggings. I've seen great tunics in wonderful variations at Boden, Lane Bryant and Eileen Fisher and tunics can be beautifully accessorized with scarves or a beautiful necklace. Tunics with leggings are surprisingly fashionable without being dowdy or too young looking.


Don't forget that chunky heels elongate the legs -- proportions, remember? Check the length of the tunic -- don't let it hit you at the widest part of your thigh...higher or lower is more flattering on all body types.


If your sweater/tunic and leggings are in the same color family you'll look even taller. Who doesn't want to look taller? (Tall ladies look fabulous in leggings! With ballet flats!)


Finally, don't forget leggings with a dress. Warmer than tights, comfortable in the cold, and a nice way to wear a dress which might be a little too short for bare legs, leggings provide coverage in a way that tights cannot. But, as a grown up, leave out the socks -- unless you are wearing boots. Leggings with a dress and flats with socks tend to make one look like a little girl.

If you're over 40 you want to look sophisticated not silly.

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